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Pierce's Disease and Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter Referendum Slated for Spring 2020

December 03, 2019

California winegrape growers will vote this spring on extending the Pierce's Disease and Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter (PD/GWSS) Assessment for another fve years to March 2026. The assessment funds research to fnd solutions to PD, GWSS, and additional designated pests and diseases of winegrapes. The last time growers voted, over 80 percent favored continuing the winegrape assessment. "When growers decided 20 years ago to fund research to protect their industry, it opened the door to a grower-government partnership that is paying dividends today," said Karen Ross, Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). "By sharing responsibility and resources, this partnership effectively addresses the pest and disease challenges facing California's winegrape growers."